Saturday, November 17, 2012

Nintendo Power 20th Anniversary Mini-Comic Review

So next month marks the end of Nintendo Power. It makes me sad to see it go, even today I'd still picked up an issue from time to time. So I'd decided that today were going to talk about Howard and Nester. For those of you who don't know Howard and Nester was a 1-to-2 page comic strip release in old issues of Nintendo Power. They starred a boy named Nester and the actual "president" of the Nintendo Fun Club and former editor of Nintendo Power Howard Philips. The comic acted as a way to advertise new games, and even gave some valuable tips. In the 20th Anniversary issue of Nintendo Power old fan's of the magazine opened up the book and were greeted with....a Gamefly Ad. Then they turned the page, and that's where the comic begins.

The comic is of course very short, so I'm not going to waste much time on the summary. The comic stars a Middle-Aged Nester who is losing at Mario Kart Wii. He is greeted by his son who tells him the 20th Anniversary issue of Nintendo is out. Nester then begins to talk about how games were harder back in the day, and his son tells him he can't imagine playing games without motion control even tough there are plenty of games on the Wii without motion control. Nester shows him Nintendo's first attempt at Motion Control, The Power Glove. He then talks about the Wizard, the Super Mario Bros. Movie, and he even mentions the Virtual Boy and Nester's Funky Bowling. His son then asks him if he want's to play Mario Kart, and the comic ends with them playing the game.

This comic was a pretty good way to celebrate Nintendo Power's 20th Anniversary. It's just a fun read with references to a lot of older things some of the younger readers probably wouldn't know about. It actually has some really funny dialogue, especially when he makes sure his son isn't wearing a bow tie. The one complain I have is they didn't really try to emulate the art style of the older comics and instead went with a more Anime looking style. Also I kinda wish Howard was in this but I understand why they couldn't put him in this. Overall it's a good read, and I recommend you look up the rest of the Howard and Nester comics.

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